Brighton is an iconic seaside location on the East Sussex coast that has been a popular place to visit since the Georgian era. The city is properly known as Brighton and Hove and offers a great combination of things to see and do as well as great places to stay that makes it ideal for a weekend away.
Where to stay - Best Hotels in Brighton
One of the best hotels in Brighton is the Queens Hotel, both for the features that it offers and the location. It has great views across the beach and of the Brighton Pier while even having the classic look that most of us associate with seafront hotels.
The Queens Hotel has 94 large rooms, most with sea views and all with en-suite facilities. There is also a leisure centre with a gym and sauna to relax after a day on the beach. The No1 Bar & Bistro also means you don’t have to leave the hotel to have high-quality food with its great sea views.
If you plan to stay longer than a weekend or want something a little more like home, the hotel also has the Queens Hotel Apartments in the neighbouring building. These add nine one-bedroom apartments and 5 studio apartments if you want something larger and more of a base for a long-term stay in the city.
The Royal Pavilion
The Royal Pavilion is one of the most visited attractions in the city. Originally built as a seaside palace for the Prince Regent, who later became George IV, the building was created by John Nash in the early 1800s into onto the most amazing and exotic buildings in the country.
Today, the Royal Pavilion holds works and arts and furniture owned by the Queen and lent to the museum. There is also the Royal Pavilion Tearoom with its views across the beach and Pavilion gardens. It is definitely one of the must-see spots during your visit.
Properly known as Brighton Palace Pier, the grade II listed pier is opposite the Old Steine and is thought to be the third pier constructed in the city. It opened in 1899 and is the only one still in operation. Today it sees over four million visitors a year and has featured on many TV shows and films.
The pier is a glimpse of the traditional beach holiday, the ‘bucket and spade’ seaside trip that was the way in times past. For many, it is a glimpse back into childhood with its fairground rides. It is said to be the most visited tourist attraction outside London.
Shopping in Brighton
As well as tourist attractions, Brighton also has plenty of offer in terms of the shopping facilities. The Lanes Brighton is a combination of independent shops and boutiques that are in the historic quarter of the city and is a maze of twisting alleyways. There are shops, restaurants and cafes, with a surprise around every corner.
North Lane is home to over 300 shops in a half a square mile-long street that is the largest collection of independent retailers on the south coast. You can find products from around the world but that are available nowhere else among the many small shops.
Finally, if you want to hit the big-name stores and recognisable brands, then Churchill Square and Western Road are the places to go. Here you will find some 80 stores along with cafes and restaurants including national chains and some less well-known stores.
With great nightlife and lots of high-quality eating places, Brighton offers something for all tastes. It is a great place for the weekend for sightseeing, a little history and plenty of great shopping too!
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